I am the Curriculum Area Leader for the Secondary History PGCE course. My role is to support and develop teacher trainees to become NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) who feel fully prepared to start their career as History teachers. To do this, I work with a wonderful team of school based History teacher mentors. Together we encourage trainees to become reflective practitioners who know how to engage and inspire their students with a love of the past and how to enable them to make the best possible progress in History.
My role at the University is part-time and for the rest of the week I work on history education development projects. I taught for 20 years in a variety of 11-18 secondary schools and I am a Chartered History Teacher and EuroClio ambassador. When I was a Head of History, my department became the first in the country to be awarded the Historical Association's Quality Mark at Gold Level. I am now Chair of the Historical Association’s Secondary Committee and an Honorary Fellow.
I believe that really good teachers are always learning, and that high-quality, subject specific CPD (continuing professional development) and strong networks are crucial to keep teachers themselves engaged and inspiring for their pupils. Trainees at York are encouraged to get involved in History teaching networks, and thus to contribute to the development of the profession, from the very start of their training.
I have a particular interest in helping History teachers to stay abreast of recent historical scholarship, access diverse source material and use this to make sure that their teaching of History reflects the multi-perspectivity of modern society.
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